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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Irish slua (crowd), from Old Irish slúag, slóg, from Proto-Celtic *slougos (troop, army), from Proto-Indo-European *slowgʰos, *slowgos (entourage).


slew (plural slews)

  1. (US) A large amount.
    She has a slew of papers and notebooks strewn all over her desk.
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Etymology 2Edit

In all senses, a mostly British spelling of slue.


slew (plural slews)

  1. The act, or process of slaying.
  2. A device used for slaying.
  3. A change of position.


slew (third-person singular simple present slews, present participle slewing, simple past and past participle slewed)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate or turn something about its axis.
  2. (transitive) To veer a vehicle.
  3. (transitive) To insert extra ticks or skip some ticks of a clock to slowly correct its time.
  4. (intransitive) To pivot.
  5. (intransitive) To skid.
  6. (transitive, rail transport) to move something (usually a railway line) sideways
    The single line was slewed onto the disused up formation to make way for the future redoubling.
  7. (transitive, Britain, slang) To make a public mockery of someone through insult or wit.

Etymology 3Edit

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Particularly: “as an irregular past tense it would be worth having an etym here, even if it's just the relevant part of the etym from slay



  1. simple past tense of slay

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Etymology 4Edit

Compare slough.


slew (plural slews)

  1. A wet place; a river inlet.
    • Theodore Roosevelt
      The prairie round about is wet, at times almost marshy, especially at the borders of the great reedy slews.